Thursday, July 30, 2020

In High Cotton By Ane Mulligan

In High Cotton
by Ane Mulligan
Publisher: Heritage Beacon Fiction
ISBN: 9781645262688

I was SO honored when author, And Mulligan, reached out to me asking me if I'd like to review her newest book, In High Cotton. I was thrilled as I hadn't read any of her books before! I must've been living under a rock.


While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood--the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed In High Cotton! How could I not with the spunky Maggie Parker?! She's surrounded by men who want to control her and everything to do with her including her son and the store her deceased husband left her. Thankfully, Wade, Maggie's neighbor, is one of the few redeeming men in the story.

Her son, Barry, finds Pinkie in the woods. Pinkie is added to the women who surround and support Maggie who include: Duchess (Maggie's sister), Mama Faylene, and Sadie! They play such pivotal roles in Maggie's life as well as the rest of each others lives. Having not read many books around the time of the Great Depression this was really the first time I'd read anything about how people responded during that time. Sadie is probably one of my favorite characters. It's so fun when feisty women are written so well!

There were secondary stories that added to the storyline and brought some mystery as well. Maggie's father-in-law, Big Jim, is a terrible, mean man. He cares nothing for the people around him, including his grandson. We're kept guessing throughout the story as to what Big Jim's angle is.

I appreciated the element of faith that is wound into the story! It's a theme throughout the whole book, and I appreciate stories that lean on faith! One of my favorite elements to the book are the depression era recipes and tips at the end of the story! It's so unique and honestly, appreciated.

I'm looking forward to trying out more of Ane Mulligan's writing!

About the Author:

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and bestselling novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). 

Ane firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Her passion when she isn't writing her Southern-fried Fiction is Community Theatre. She's Creative/Managing Director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, a non-profit Community Theatre troupe, where she and her husband act, direct, build sets, and are chief go-fors. 

Contributor to the award-winning literary site, The Write Conversation, Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and a rascally Rottweiler. 

You can find Ane on her website and blog: If you'd like to see a map of Chapel Springs showing you where all the characters live, visit


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